THE DAY REPLAYED - Costa Rica grabbed the headlines on Tuesday as the Round of 16 continued to generate more than its fair share of surprises. After yesterday's upsets, Los Ticos kept the theme going by stunning Egypt at a packed Cairo International Stadium to advance to the last eight against all the odds.
Elsewhere, Ghana came from behind against a brave South Africa side before eventually clinching victory in extra-time, while the eastern European battle between Hungary and Czech Republic also provided a thrilling finale. The Hungarians eventually won through on penalties to reach the quarter-finals of a FIFA competition for the first time since the FIFA U-17 World Cup China 1985.
Ghana 2-1 South Africa (aet)
Egypt 0-2 Costa Rica
Hungary 2-2 Czech Republic (Hungary win 4-3 on pens)
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Goal of the day
Hungary-Czech Republic, Mate Kiss 15
Neither side had managed to generate much in the way of goalmouth action when the 18-year-old midfielder picked up the ball on the right flank and took a few strides into the Czech half. After checking he had no better options available, Kiss then let fly with a majestic 35-metre thunderbolt that flew past the outstretched hands of goalkeeper Thomas Vaclik and into the back of the net.
Let's celebrate: The fans who turned up for the all-African showdown in Ismailia were treated to two very special celebrations. South Africa's Kermit Erasmus showed all the elasticity of an Olympic gymnast when he put together a pair of perfect somersaults after giving his side the lead. Not to be outdone, Dominic Adiyiah marked what turned out to be the winner for the Black Satellites by running up to one of the stands and dedicating his goal to team-mate Mohammed Rabiu, who was forced to sit out the match through suspension.
Aerial threat: Headed goals were the order of the day on Tuesday, with Andre Ayew nodding in for Ghana, and Jose Mena and Jan Vosahlik finding space in the opposition box to do likewise for Costa Rica and the Czech Republic. Happily for Ayew and Mena, their aerial efforts helped their sides advance to the last eight.
The curse of the hosts: It will probably not come as much comfort to Egypt's inconsolable players and fans right now, but the fact remains that in 17 FIFA U-20 World Cup finals competitions, the host nation has lifted the trophy on only two occasions. Portugal in 1991, and Argentina in 2001 were the victors in question. Will 2011 hosts Colombia add their name to that short but illustrious list?
Safe hands: Peter Gulacsi was Hungary's hero of the night. The Liverpool gloveman kept out no fewer than three penalties in the shootout with the Czechs to further enhance his burgeoning reputation.
50 - The match between Ghana and South Africa was the 50th tie to go to extra-time in the competition's history. While it was virgin territory for the South Africans, their opponents at least knew what to expect, having gone through the same experience on three previous occasions, with varying results. After defeating Japan 2-1 in the quarter-finals at Malaysia 1997, the Ghanaians went out 3-2 to Uruguay in the semis. Then two years later Spain knocked them out on penalties in the last eight.
"So many upsets in this tournament, it's outrageous. Anyone can win it from here," Albirroja (Paraguay) sums up the mood.
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